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Woman Says Texas School Told Her To Cut Her Grandson’s Long Hair Or Have Him Wear a Dress

The family of 4-year-old Michael Trimble says his school is enforcing a discriminatory dress code against him and other Black students.

Randi Woodley, Trimble’s grandmother, said she became aware there was a problem with how she styled her grandson’s hair in August at a ‘Meet the Teacher’ meeting.

Woodley says during the meeting, the school’s principal told her that her grandson’s hair was too long. She then met with the superintendent where she was presented with three options, she said in an interview with the Longview News-Journal.

“He told me that I could either cut it, braid it and pin it up, or put my grandson in a dress and send him to school, and when prompted my grandson must say he’s a girl,” Woodley said, according to the newspaper.

District policy says, “Student’s hair shall be clean and well groomed at all times and shall not obstruct vision. No extreme style or color (neon,etc…) Only natural hair color shall be allowed. No symbols, letters, or extreme designs cut in the hair shall be permitted. No ponytails, ducktails, rat-tails,male bun or puffballs shall be allowed on male students. ALL male hair of any type SHALL NOT extend below the top of a t-shirt collar , as it lays naturally.”

Parent Kambry Cox has a kindergartner with dreadlocks in the district and says she wants her son to not be judged based on how his hair looks.

“You don’t have to change to fit anyone’s stereotypes or you don’t have to be anyone that you don’t want to be individually,” Cox told CBS 19.

A group of parents and others angered by the school district’s dress code went to a Monday school board meeting to voice their concerns, CBS19 reported. Video from the meeting shows people holding signs that read “is my hair distracting you?” and “why is my hair different from hers?”

A petition was also created, asking those who were interested in signing to “tell Tatum, Texas we will not be bullied into cutting his hair.” As of Friday afternoon, the petition has more than 4,000 signatures with the goal being 5,000.

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Donaltio September 14, 2019 at 6:35 pm

cut that boy hair, unless you want him to be teased for looking like a little girl

Wayne Simon September 18, 2019 at 12:53 am

He can wear his hair the way his mother chooses for him to wear it unless he says he doesn’t like it tell all the students to cut there hair off then if he cant have a choice

DIane September 21, 2019 at 12:05 pm

Silly women, CUT THAT BOYS HAIR! Why allow people to assume he is a girl and make him have to announce his gender all-day? He DOES look like a girl! STop using energy to fight for the wrong thing. How can a mother tell her son to be himself and you have 5 inches of false eyelashes on looking like a fool and blak lipstick? Jeesh!

Rita Rice October 28, 2019 at 11:55 pm

If he likes his hair the way it is, he should be allowed to keep it as it is. It’s time to be done with these ridiculous stereotypes. If someone else’s appearance distracts your child, you’re not raising your child right. If your child is teasing another student because of their appearance, it’s your child at fault. It’s time to start teaching our children to be kinder and better than we were.


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